|Posted on May 22, 2017 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
Rogue's Gallery, from 2016 show
TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be rolling in on Wednesday, June 7th.
Yer always affable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are very grateful to Clifton Spiring library, for providing the wonderful venue, to Feature:
~ ALL STAR LIBRARY BENEFIT ~
The Clifton Springs library has been our gracious and generous supporter, since our inaugural show, in 2009.
We're deeply appreciative to the library, for providing the lovely room where we hold our shows, and for their unstinting support, of TUNES BY THE TRACKS.
A passel of our talented musical friends, are donating their time and talents, to be on hand, to thank the library, with this benefit show.
2017 TUNES BY THE TRACKS ALL-STARS Feature:
The ALL-STARS will play short sets, during the first half of the evening.
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
The icing on the cake of course...easy peasy to give it a go...just tap Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) on the shoulder, and axe...and you can become a Mystery Picker.
Please help us show Clifton Springs library, how much we appreciate them.
We're hoping to see a roomful of you Trackers at the benefit show, on June 7th.
+ TUNES BY THE TRACKS ~ ALL STAR LIBRARY BENEFIT
+ Clifton Springs library
+ 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
+ Wednesday, June 7
+ 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
+ Free ($5.00 donation suggest...ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CLIFTON SPRINGS LIBRARY)
|Posted on May 7, 2017 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on April 23, 2017 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is steaming for Clifton Springs, and
she'll be at the library, on Wednesday, May 3rd.
Your hospitable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are quivering in anticipation, of welcoming back a Tracker favorite, as our Feature:
~ CARLA ULBRICH ~
Carla, http://www.carlau.com/ , is a captivating performer.
She has dealt with serious, life-threatening illness, and turned her adversity into insightful and often hilarious songs. Check out her website, to listen.
Carla captured our Tracker hearts, with her debut appearance last season.
She drove in, from New Jersey and enroute traffic made her a tad later than planned.
Undaunted, Carla zipped into the parking lot, unpacked her guitar, and took the stage, without even stopping to catch her breath.
Despite taking no time, to freshen up, or change into her performance outfit...Carla looked lovely, performed magnificently, and her ebullient high spirits were happily contagious.
She's back, and we love Carla Ulbrich.
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
Yes, indeedy...the second half of the evening, will bring out the bold, and the bodacious.
Easy to become a Mystery Picker...just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me)...and yer on yer way.
|Posted on April 11, 2017 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS, is making tracks for our home depot, at Clifton Springs library, for arrival on Wednesday, April 19th.
2/3 of your hospitable hosts, (Allen will be at NEFFA)...
Jim Clare, and Cathy McGrath, are very pleased, to welcome an exciting new talent, as our Feature:
~ AUSTIN MACRAE ~
Austin MacRae, http://www.austinmacrae.com/ is a singer/songwriter from Ithaca, NY, whose music is known for its lyrical and vocal intensity. With a sensitive finger-picking style, MacRae crafts songs rich in wordplay and story. He has showcased his music regionally at venues such as the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist), Turtle Hill Folk Festival (New Voices Showcase), Ithaca Festival, Oswego Music Hall, Homer Center for the Arts, Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Picnic and other area venues. His debut album, Bats in the Attic, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Folk Recording of 2015.
those crazy kids...
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
The Mystery Pickers, will dazzle and delight, during the second half of the show.
Newbies are always welcome.
If you feel yer ready, to take the plunge (figuratively speaking)...let Cathy or Jim (me) know...and zippity doo dah...you will be in the spotlight.
|Posted on March 21, 2017 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, teams up with multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Wendy Sassafras Ramsay in this dynamic Americana duo. https://jeffreypepperrodgers.com/jeffrey-pepper-rodgers-and-wendy-ramsay-duo/" target="_blank">https://jeffreypepperrodgers.com/jeffrey-pepper-rodgers-and-wendy-ramsay-duo/
Rodgers, also the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, delivers masterful band-in-a-box guitar work while Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix.
Based in upstate New York, the two musicians collaborated on Rodgers’ latest album, Almost There, and performed with the full JPR Band in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Now known as Pepper and Sassafras, the duo has quickly made a mark on the folk/roots scene. In 2016, they were selected as Best Duo finalist at FreshGrass and the New Voices winner at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival.
Yes indeedy... ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
For the bold, the intrepid, the masochistic...git right up and play us yer favorite song, as a Mystery Picker....just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me), and you'll be in the crosshairs...I mean...the spotlight.
|Posted on March 6, 2017 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS, will be at the Clifton Springs library, Wednesday, March 15th.
Your hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are very pleased, to present our
~ ANDY COHEN ~
ANDY COHEN, http://www.andycohenmusic.com/ is a virtuoso finger-style guitarist, who has
been described as “a walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.”
He grew up in a home with a piano and lots of Dixieland Jazz
records. During the Sixties Folk Revival, he got hooked on the music
of Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. When Andy was 16, he heard South Carolina’s
Rev. Gary Davis perform and the effect on him was profound. He has devoted his life
to studying, performing, and promoting traditional blues and folk music of the pre World
War II era.
Andy toured with Martin, Bogan and Armstrong,John Jackson, Rev. Gary Davis, Brother
Daniel Womack, Rev. Dan Smith, Jim Brewer, and Honeyboy Edwards. He also worked
extensively with Walt and Ethel Phelps, Big Joe Duskin, Pigmeat Jarrett, Etta Baker, Big Boy
Henry, and Son Thomas.
Andy has helped to support a number of his mentors and younger players, by organizing
festivals and other venues for them to play in. Many of his students are now professional
touring musicians. The Country Blues says “One thing is for sure, the
boy can play. There are few people around today who had a chance to
pick it all up from the old generations, get this good at it and continue
to cherish and preserve the old traditions.” He has been assiduous in
sharing his expertise in classes, camps, and anywhere people are making
Andy Cohen has more than a dozen recordings to his credit, including
Oh Glory, How Happy I Am: The Sacred Songs of Rev. Gary Davis and
Andrew M. Cohen: Dolceola Favorites. An enthusiastic
proponent of the dolceola, Andy says he
“never leaves home without it.” Described by
some as a “miniature piano,” the dolceola has a
keyboard, but the strings are struck with wooden
At an Andy Cohen concert, expect to hear
blues rooted in Mississippi, the Piedmont, Memphis,
and Chicago, as well as some ragtime, gospel,
and original tunes.
...and, of course...
~ The Mystery Pickers ~ will keep our ferocious momentum rolling, during the second half of the evening. We encourage you to try...so polish up yer favorite song, and let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) know...and faster than a speeding bullet...you'll be, a Mystery Picker.
|Posted on February 23, 2017 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
Tullamore Celtic Band, http://tullamorecelticband.com/ is an acoustic Irish trio based in Rochester, New York and named after the town of Tullamore which is located near the heart and geographical center of Ireland and famous for its beautiful countryside, rich cultural heritage and superb single malt whiskey, Tullamore Dew.
Featuring Terry O'Toole (guitar, penny whistle, concertina, bodhran, banjo & vocals), Brian Coughlin (flute, penny whistle, tuba & vocals) and Dick Bolt (fiddle, Irish harp, guitar & vocals), they specialize in traditional Celtic instrumental and vocal music. Their arrangements are creative and their shows are entertaining and fun.
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
We effusively welcome new Mystery Pickers...if you want to join the fun...just let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) know, and ye'll be on board
|Posted on February 12, 2017 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
John Dady Joe Dady
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound, for Wed, Feb 22nd, with a couple of our favorites, on board.
Harmonious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are giddily exuberent to welcome back our great friends and Feature:
~ THE DADY BROTHERS ~
The Dady's music, http://www.dadybros.com/ spans genres and generations of American Folk Roots and Irish Traditional influences. John and Joe are highly skilled players and singers, with a lovely, lilting sound, that's uniquely Dadyesque.
The lads are instrumental wizards, switching effortlessly and seamlessly from guitar, to 4 and 5 and 9 string banjo, pennywhistle, ukulele, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, harmonica, concertina and the uilleann pipes.
Joe and John are the poster boys, for "itinerant minstrels".
Playing diverse venues from the reaches of Alaska to Ireland from the Caribbean to Nova Scotia, and Brigadoon, The Dadys have performed well over five thousand shows at concert halls, schools, music festivals and night clubs.
The Dadys have hosted 25 guided tours of Ireland, escorting hundreds of folks on the tours of their lives...** Ask about 2017, Trackers **
The Dady Brothers have garnered numerous awards and proclamations celebrating their contributions to community growth and culture, and of course, they're in the running for a TUNES BY THE TRACKS accolade soon.
...well, that's wonderful, but what about, ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
This could well be the auspicious night, when you muster up yer courage, and leap into the breach, to perform your favorite song.
We welcome all our musical chums, and we often insist on giving them our musical back-up, at no extry charge.
Wanna play? just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me)...and yer in...
|Posted on January 25, 2017 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS will pull into Clifton Springs library, on Wednesday, Feb 8th.
Your mellifluous hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are delighted to welcome back, a very talented artist, and our good friend, as Feature:
~ DAVE NORTH TRIO ~
Dave, https://www.facebook.com/Dave-North-Trio-96336556062/" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/Dave-North-Trio-96336556062/ who hails from Slough, England (near London) has an amazing repertoire of songs. We Trackers know that his traditional, modern, comic, and just plain obscure songs make any evening with Dave, an entertainment banquet.
Dave will bring along his long-time accomplices, in the Dave North Trio.
Marc Loan plays the bass and the banjo, while Dianne Hershey is a whiz on the fiddle.
Dave himself, by the way, plays the guitar, and together, they make beautiful music.
...and of course, ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
we welcome new folks, to try their hands and voices. C'mon ahead, risk-takers...just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me), and we'll instantly whisk you into the rota, as a Mystery Picker.
|Posted on January 9, 2017 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be at the Clifton Springs library, on Wednesday,
Your effervescent hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are pleased and thrilled, to welcome our Feature:
~ CHRISTINE LAVIN ~
Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), and hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show.
Her songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, and David Burnham, cabaret divas Andrea Marcovicci. Barbara Brussell, and Colleen McHugh, the college a cappella Dartmouth Decibelles, and The Accidentals, winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes championship.
Christine has recently added intermission tutorial activities -- namely, teaching audience members how to fold cloth napkins in the Downton Abbey style.
Her book, COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? is available in paperback, kindle, iPad, and audio book formats. Just One Angel, her first holiday compilation project, (22 artists, 22 Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/New Year's songs) became a four-artist west coast tour that hit the road in December of 2011, 2012, and 2013.
AWARDS: Christine received a 2012 NYC Nightlife Award given annually to the best concert and cabaret performers. In November 2011 her book COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? won the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in non-fiction writing about pop music. Christine has also won five ASCAP composer awards, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter Of The Year, The Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and her album Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind won Album Of The Year from the National Association Of Independent Record Distributors.
LATEST PROJECTS: Christine started creating videos for her songs in 2011, and now creates them for other artists (Robyn Landis, John Margolis, Don White, Honor Finnegan, Craig Werth, Grammy-winner Julie Gold, David Ippolito). She has many posted at youtube and vimeo. This one: ROSES FROM THE WRONG MAN won a weekly contest on WNET in NYC and was broadcast on Channel 13 in NYC. Her Mom grew the roses, Christine snapped the photos. Make sure you play it to the very end -- what's at the end no doubt helped this video win.
Christine was the keynote speaker in November 2016 at the annual North East Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA). A written expanded edition of her presentation is available upon request.
...and there's more ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ no better time, to suit up, show up, git up, tune up, and share yer best song. Just ask Cathy, Allen, of Jim (moi), and yer in bidness.